Pathways to Gender Equality: Religion-State Relationships and Women’s Rights

Taylor Randleman

Ms. Taylor Randleman graduated magna cum laude with a degree in International Studies and History from Emory College, and is a current JD student at Emory Law School. She has previously worked at Amnesty International, the Center for Law, Economics, and Political Science, and Care USA.

In this talk, Randleman analyzes whether the level of commitment to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) influences effectiveness in increasing global women’s rights and how the relationship between religion and the state may limit the realization of women’s rights. Ultimately, she shows how a greater level of commitment to CEDAW has a positive impact on the realization of women’s rights but that a strong relationship between religion and the state negatively impacts the realization of women’s rights.